Body Litter (Molded Plywood)

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1943

After Charles and Ray finalized the design and production of their molded plywood leg splint for the U.S. Navy, they went on to design a molded plywood body litter to transport wounded soldiers.

Their primary consideration was how best to support an injured person’s lower spine. The first version curved along the bottom and sides to conform to the human form and had elongated ends with gripping handles.

In the second version, Charles and Ray eliminated the body litter’s curved sides. They also applied a process used in the 1940 Eames-Saarinen Organic Chairs to redesign the bottom: it had a flexible blanket of wooden dowels that shifted and conformed to each person’s shape, allowing for optimum comfort.

Neither version of the Eames Plywood Body Litter was ever put into mass production.